Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Had Barely Any Signs of ‘Intimacy and Closeness,’ According to a Body Language Expert

TL;DR: 

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding took place on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel.
  • According to a body language expert, they demonstrated few signs of “intimacy and closeness” during the ceremony, sharing “their love with the world.” 
  • Later, Meghan Markle revealed to Oprah Winfrey that she and Prince Harry exchanged personal vows “in our backyard” three days before the royal wedding. 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who a body language expert says didn't exhibit many 'intimacy and closeness signals,' smile during their royal wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding broke protocol in May 2018. It was more modern than previous royal weddings. However, an expert says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t exhibit much “intimacy and closeness” in their body language. Plus, they were “focused” on something else.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married at Windsor Castle in May 2018

Long after a mutual friend set them up on a blind date, Harry and Meghan were saying “I do” at Windsor Castle. After announcing their engagement in November 2017, their wedding day arrived on May 19, 2018.

The bride arrived at St. George’s Chapel with her mother, Doria Ragland. Wearing a wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s then-creative director, Meghan walked inside. She made her grand entrance solo before finishing the walk up the aisle with Prince Charles

In a less traditional royal wedding, Harry and Meghan shared their first kiss as husband and wife on the steps of the chapel. Following the ceremony, they had a private reception at Frogmore House with 200 guests. 

They were ‘were more focused on watching the crowds,’ according to a body language expert

There’s a lot going on at royal weddings. Millions of people tune in to watch the ceremonies live on TV while crowds flock to the venues to catch a glimpse. According to body language expert Judi James, Meghan and Harry’s wedding was a lot to take in, even for them. 

She told Express the couple, who typically engage in public displays of affection, pulled back. “Even Harry and Meghan were forced to be less tactile than usual on their wedding day,” James said.

She continued, highlighting how Harry took a “more traditional, chivalrous stance in his uniform, holding his hand out for Meghan’s to rest on as he presented his stunning bride to the world.”

“Their wide, beaming smiles were mirrored and their glances to one another were intensely loving,” she added. However, “their intimacy and closeness signals were minimal.” 

“They shared their love with the world rather than aiming it intensely at one another,” James explained.

Despite their body language not giving off what James called “intimacy and closeness signals,” Harry and Meghan’s wedding did include PDA

Meghan Markle later said she and Prince Harry were married ‘in our backyard’

A bombshell moment in Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired in March 2021, happened when Meghan shared a secret. The former Suits star said they’d already had a wedding of sorts.

“Three days before our wedding, we got married — no one knows that — but we called the Archbishop and said, ‘This thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us,’ “Meghan told Oprah. 

She went on to say the vows they exchanged, which they have framed in their room, are “just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

The couple later issued a clarification on the backyard ceremony. A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they “privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19,” according to Today

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